Special Education TeacherAntioch, CA
Joey used a Fund for Teachers Innovation Circle Grant to deepen his competencies with special education and social emotional learning. He completed online courses from the Greater Good Science Center and a TED Masterclass on public speaking to create a community for students and teachers to share their best ideas. Read more about Joey here, including details on Joey's deferred fellowship that will take him to Japan.
Elementary School TeacherEast Hartford, CT
Tracey-Ann is a teacher at Robert J. O'Brien STEM Academy, where she has founded a statewide Leaders in Diversity initiative for BIPOC teachers. For her FFT fellowship, Tracey-Ann and a colleague researched the history of apartheid in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, to empower elementary students in social activism and restorative justice. Read her testimonial here and visit her FFT Passport page here.
Special Education TeacherCypress, TX
During her 2019 fellowship, Michelle attended a conference in Australia focused on social skill development for individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities. She toured special education programs in Australia and New Zealand to learn new approaches to social skills curricula and to prepare adults with disabilities to become successfully employed. Read her testimonial here and visit her FFT Passport page here.
Science TeacherHazlehurst, MS
Veronica designed an FFT fellowship to obtain a SCUBA certification and conduct archaeology and marine biology research with Diving With a Purpose, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and documentation of African slave trade shipwrecks. This will prepare Veronica to train her AP Environmental Science students to conduct their own research with Youth Diving with A Purpose. Read more here and listen to her recent interview on FFT's podcast here.
Junior High English TeacherQueens, NY
Gary traveled to Tulsa, OK to explore the area that inspired S.E. Hinton to write her coming-of-age novel "The Outsiders" (1967) and visited some of the locations that were used to make the novel's 1983 film adaptation. Gary returned to Queens to establish a collaborative writing project between his students and students in Tulsa. Read his testimonial here and visit his FFT Passport page here.
Middle School Social Studies/Photo TeacherStonington, CT
Tim used his FFT grant to join a photography tour in Cuba with professional artist and documentarian Louis Alarcon to create learning that combines insights about Cuba with photography and digital literacy skills. He recently wrote a blog post for FFT about justice and equity in the classroom. Read Tim's testimonial here and visit his FFT Passport page here.
K-6 Science SpecialistCastleton, VT
Amy designed an FFT fellowship to improve her bird identification skills, traveling to Costa Rica to learn more about bird migration patterns, conservation, and different habitats. Her fellowship ultimately inspired a statewide initiative in Vermont to help students get outside and appreciate their natural surroundings. Read her testimonial here and check out a few classroom resources she's created since her fellowship here.
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